God Is Waiting For You
There are several things that come to mind when we say words about God and His relationship to you. Whether you are a believer, or not; you must be made aware that God has very high hopes for you.
God does not want to see anyone lose their soul as we read in 2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance". While God does desire that all be saved, it is not automatically going to happen. A big part of the focus of this article is the fact that you, and only you, will determine the destiny God has prepared for all mankind. God has given mankind only two possible destinies; heaven or hell. We know from reading the Bible that heaven is a prepared place for those who have prepared to go there. Hell is also a prepared place for those who have prepared to go there (whether they realize it or not).
Which destination we go to will depend upon several factors all wrapped up in a single package. First and foremost, we must realize that the grace of God is made available to us. The sacrifice of Jesus, and our faith in Him and through Him is the only way we will get to heaven. We should also realize that the Holy Spirit has revealed everything we need to know pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). The doctrine we preach and practice will be a part of that package, and how we treat our fellow man will weigh very heavily upon the scales. Not taking advantage of what God has offered, and not treating others right, along with practicing doctrines of men or doctrines not original from the Holy Spirit will determine our destiny.
According to the Bible, God is waiting on you. 2 Peter 3:15 tells us that the patience of the Lord is our salvation. Now, we know that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), and all have sinned (Romans 3:23), so we all deserve to die (physically and spiritually). But God is rich in mercy, and Jesus died on the cross so that we might live. If God was not patient, He would zap anyone with lightning or some horrible death when they sin. Thankfully, God is tolerant of us, even if we sin. God give us the chance to see the error of our way, and make things right with Him.
Three times in the book of Ezekiel, God says that He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. God has demonstrated great patience in waiting for people to return to Him and serve Him. When we think about the children of Israel, we see that they sinned from the exodus out of Egypt for nearly eight hundred years before God had had enough, and finally did something about it. God wants everyone to love and serve Him. So God is going to wait until your last breath for you to call upon Him, and obey His commandments. But, realize that failure to repent and obey God will bring about our eternal destiny of hell where we will suffer always. God does not want that to happen, yet so many will suffer. Even Jesus said that few will find that narrow pathway that leads to righteousness (Matthew 7:13-14).
Please do not consider the fact that God has not zapped you as any sort of approval by God. No, God is waiting for you to straighten up, but will be sorrowful if you do not.
By Carey Scott
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